Mixed or average reviews - based on 58 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 58
  2. Negative: 1 out of 58
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  1. May 21, 2012
    Mario Tennis Open is a great addition both to the Mario Tennis franchise and Nintendo 3DS line up… but it´s not a deep experience in single player.
  2. May 22, 2012
    This is an entertaining but very superficial outing on the centre court. Camelot is far away from what made their GameCube tennis an instant classic.
  3. May 24, 2012
    The first couple of difficulty levels are complete pushovers, so anyone with previous experience should jump to the Hard difficulty level. Then the game comes down to accurately predicting opponents and taking advantage of their weaknesses. (Luigi is atrocious at returning "fish tile" power shots.) As with most games like these, maatching skills against computer-controlled opponents takes a backseat to human competition. Either way, Mario Tennis Open is pleasant, though it seems to lack any addictive extras or some hook to make it addictive.
  4. May 17, 2012
    A tennis game that seems unusually keen to hide its potential away behind superfluous control options and silly concessions. It's your best bet if you want a tennis game on the 3DS right now (better than Sports Island anyway), but not a patch on what you can find elsewhere.
  5. May 25, 2012
    It has all the modes you'd expect in a Mario sports game, but they're too trimmed down to make it a worthy purchase.
  6. Jun 13, 2012
    The simplicity that Camelot instills to make the game that much more accessible seems to take away from the what has made Mario Sports games so good in the past.
  7. May 20, 2012
    Mario Tennis Open impresses and disappoints, unfortunately, proving to not be the out-and-out champion many were expecting, yet still managing to offer enough familiar fun to engage fans of old and newcomers alike. Brace yourself for a brief single-player mode and remove all thoughts of serious tennis from your mind and it will not be too much of a let-down.
  8. Aug 2, 2012
    Mario Tennis Open feels a bit lifeless at first, simply because it doesn't give any other incentive for playing than to keep unlocking things and to just play more tennis.
  9. May 15, 2012
    Mario Tennis Open is, by definition, a regression of the series' splendid portable campaign. Lacking any sort of highly-acclaimed Career mode and bathed in an eventual sea of homogeny, it stales far too quickly for the good of its platform and price tag. This is Mario Tennis only in its most primitive and basic form.
  10. May 23, 2012
    The mechanics of Mario Tennis Open are fine and should have been the base for another excellent handheld Mario Tennis spinoff. However, aside from a few bright spots, everything surrounding the tennis feels uninspired and in particular those looking for a solid single-player experience will quickly grow bored.
  11. Edge Magazine
    May 15, 2012
    They're gimmicks, sure, but good ones, rounding out another strong title for 3DS. [June 2012, p.126]
  12. May 16, 2012
    For those looking for a well-crafted, enjoyable tennis game, Mario Tennis Open will leave you satisfied. For those looking for a great Mario tennis game, you'll probably be left wanting more.
  13. May 16, 2012
    What the game lacks in ambition and depth, though, it makes up for in the ageless pleasure and pain of a finely-balanced multiplayer battle. The ability to dip in and out for a quick, engaging match is a compelling proposition on a handheld. But after seven long years, it's a shame there aren't bigger ideas to rally around.
  14. May 29, 2012
    Another good and solid entry in the long-lasting Mario sporting series. Perfect if you want some more of it… but if you expect something new, you'd better look somewhere else.
  15. Jun 22, 2012
    There aren't many new things and the options in single or multiplayer are limited. Still, this is a competent title with quality and capable of providing some fun.
  16. May 23, 2012
    One of those typical Nintendo games that won't be remembered for being innovative, but for using a proven formula where fun is the only priority.
  17. Jun 2, 2012
    Mario Tennis Open is surprisingly entertaining and the tennis mechanics entail more depth than what is apparent at first glance. The first four cups are ridiculously easy, but open up the Pro-mode where AI opponents are much harder, but Mario Tennis Open should be played against human opponents to lure out the most fun in arcade tennis.
  18. Jun 9, 2012
    Lack of variety and options is the most evident flaw of a game which has very little to offer. The gameplay formula is quite entertaining, but in the long run fun fades easily.
  19. May 16, 2012
    For the first time in series history, Mario Tennis Open offers full online multiplayer – both singles and (impressively) doubles. It also has local wireless multiplayer. Based on my experience, both modes work smoothly. This isn't the tennis revolution that some might have hoped for, but it's a solid new feature in a franchise that's built its popularity on slow, incremental improvement.
  20. May 21, 2012
    Although the special modes tire after a few dozen serves and the modes are a little shallow, despite the constant stream of unlockables, Mario and friends are still a blast to play with and letting your Mii join in on the fun is a natural evolution for the roster. As a package, Mario Tennis Open isn't a killer app, but it's another must-have title for 3DS owners.
  21. May 25, 2012
    With local or online play, and StreetPass features, the multiplayer side of Mario Tennis Open rivals, at last, the one of the home console versions. Sure, the usual RPG side we had on the portable versions didn't make the cut, thus diminishing the quality of the solo mode to some extent, but the AI quality and the collection side make up for it. With accessible yet deep gameplay, Mario Tennis will appeal to all Tennis fans.
  22. May 28, 2012
    While doing nothing really new and offering quite a few game modes, the new Mario Tennis from Nintendo is a game as addictive and charming as every other offer from the Japanese company.
  23. Jun 14, 2012
    Mario Tennis Open is light, comfortable fun, yes. This much is a given. But, like many franchises that have run for seventeen years or more, it raises the question of what, exactly, it's doing to stay relevant. How is it trying to be something that commands players' attentions in a sea of works fighting for their money and time? How is it justifying its existence, the resources that went into creating it? In Open's case, it seems the answer to all these questions is 'by being on the 3DS'. And that's really not good enough.
  24. Jun 9, 2012
    Mario Tennis Open adds a few nice feautures, like a Super Mario Bros-minigame and online multiplayer, but in its core it doesn't utilize the chances it has. The game shines when playing with others though, because the artificial intelligence is too smart (or too stupid) to use the special strikes-system.
  25. Jun 29, 2012
    Mario Tennis Open is a more pure tennis experience than it's predecessors, giving you a sense of control on the court. Unfortunately the game is still plagued with elements that leave you at the mercy of chance all too often.
  26. Games Master UK
    May 20, 2012
    Entertaining tennis action that proves both challenging and fun. Best played with friends. [July 2012, p.76]
  27. May 20, 2012
    There will rightfully be criticism for the slender single-player modes here, but the true worth of Mario Tennis Open is in multiplayer, both as the game's biggest strength and a quiet indicator of Nintendo's online handheld revolution.
  28. Jun 20, 2012
    Thanks to its motion control, online multiplayer, system of tournaments and its minigames this sport title that's been fairly executed is going to entertain you for a very long time.
  29. May 17, 2012
    While it's competent, it's also mundane, with little incentive for you to stick at it beyond the occasional bout of multiplayer with friends.
  30. May 10, 2012
    Technically sound, and with a few friends, there's definitely some competitive fun to be found. If you're willing to deal with the lack of a true singleplayer experience (beyond competing against AI opponents for cups) you'll likely enjoy yourself, though the omission definitively feels like a tremendous missed opportunity.
  31. May 16, 2012
    Mario Tennis Open's single player mode is fun for a few hours, but it will ultimately leave you wanting more. Thankfully, the multiplayer mode with its online functionality will keep you coming back well after you've plowed through the main course.
  32. May 17, 2012
    This might not be the heftiest title in the 3DS line-up content wise, but there's still plenty of fun to be had here.
  33. May 30, 2012
    Mario Tennis Open doesn't redefine the genre completely, but it does a lot of things right. The controls are easily learned and in addition there are some minigames and unlockable content. It makes use of the 3DS possibilities and so Mario Tennis Open is a must have for all sport fans of Mario & Co.
  34. Hyper Magazine
    Jul 19, 2012
    It's good at its core, but it could have been so much more. [Aug 2012, p.74]
  35. May 15, 2012
    The game never embraces its Mario heritage, never allowing itself to break out of a more typical tennis mold to be something unique.
  36. May 25, 2012
    Like any title starring the famous plumber, Mario Tennis Open gathers all the impressive bases set by Nintendo. The absence of an RPG mode that fans were waiting for, will be difficult for Big N to explain, as much as the online features that only propose classic meetings to enjoy with friends. However, these minor problems are not enough to forget how good the gameplay is compared to the Gamecube version of the IP, Mario Tennis Open offering strictly the best. A newcomer Nintendo can easily rely on.
  37. May 18, 2012
    Mario Tennis Open is a game best taken in small doses. Playing tournaments, exhibition games, and the special modes can be great fun for a few matches at a time.
  38. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 29, 2012
    Seemingly average tennis arcade shows up as a perfectly playable and highly addictive, especially in multiplayer mode. [July 2012]
  39. Aug 3, 2012
    A somewhat simplified version of earlier games of the series. There are some fun mini games and unlockables, but overall there's distinct a lack of content. And where is is the challenge?
  40. May 16, 2012
    Mario Tennis Open is like Jessica Alba with a giant, puss-filled zit right on the tip of her nose. Its flaws are glaring and hard to overlook – a beginner-friendly control system that harms competitive online play for purists and, more crucially, a distinct lack of imagination.
  41. May 21, 2012
    The new Mario Tennis Open continues with his famous and funny arcade style. In addition you must try the multiplayer mode, is the best one in that videogame. On the other hand, the single-player mode is too short, but you can enjoy playing four different minigames that are available. In conclusion, it is just the newest Nintendo sports game.
  42. May 17, 2012
    It plays a great game of tennis, certainly the best on a Nintendo portable, but the feeble range of on and offline game modes sharply reduces its appeal.
  43. May 18, 2012
    While Mario Tennis Open is one of the shallowest Nintendo sports games we've seen, it's still highly enjoyable, well-polished and attractive, with Nintendo once again proving that it's the master of glasses free 3D. Worth a look for solo players, and definitely a must buy for multiplayer.
  44. May 30, 2012
    Camelot comes back after years with a new Mario Tennis, which is as fun as it used to be, and more realistic than the last one, but too oriented toward casual gaming. It's just too easy to strike the ball properly.
  45. May 18, 2012
    A summer game through and through; entertaining and enjoyable but it's longevity and difficulty could be improved.
  46. Nintendo Gamer
    May 25, 2012
    The special moves might be a tad too powerful, but otherwise the plumber serves up a well-aimed slice of sporting fun. [June 2012, p.94]
  47. May 18, 2012
    There's no doubt that Mario Tennis Open is a strong and accessible entry in the beloved series, and a group of friends gathered round can lose themselves in it for a long time. Solo players can still have a good time perfecting their skills, and playing online is a nice way to keep things interesting, but the missing RPG mode leaves a pretty big hole that a lack of substantial single-player content struggles to really fill - and unless you're a part of a cabal of 3DS owners you'll miss out on the real heart of the game: punching your wily opponent in the arm after a hard-fought match.
  48. Nintendo Power
    Apr 26, 2012
    For better and for worse, Mario Tennis Open is clearly meant to be a very accessible console-style experience on a handheld. [May 2012, p.84]
  49. Jun 1, 2012
    The biggest issue is that the single player experience just isn't all that deep.
  50. 75
    It might not hold a candle to the handheld Mario Tennis games in the Game Boy lineage, but Mario Tennis Open is a still great game that is sadly hampered by a small feature set and harebrained online.
  51. May 21, 2012
    The music was too cutesy and grating for my liking (a complaint I have with many Nintendo sports games), and I would have liked the option to be able to turn it off, but keep the sound effects of the match. Still, I would rate it as a good go-to game to pick up for short periods, like the bus ride to work. Just make sure your headphones are firmly plugged in first.
  52. This is no-frills Mario Tennis then, as undiluted and distilled as the series has been perhaps since the Virtual Boy. [June 2012, p.97]
  53. May 17, 2012
    Putting accessibility over its heritage, Mario Tennis Open is likely to win over more newcomers than returning players.
  54. May 25, 2012
    What little content is here doesn't reach the heights that it should. I can't remember the last time an otherwise superb game was betrayed so completely by a single mechanic. Instead of making the whole of Mario Tennis Open about strategically countering your opponent's volleys – a system which is fully and brilliantly implemented – Camelot has made it an afterthought.
  55. May 29, 2012
    Mario Tennis Open Series continues the tradition with a fun and enjoyable new chapter. Sadly, there is only a bit of innovation.
  56. Jun 12, 2012
    A great competitive mode for the return of Mario Tennis Open. A game for hardcore players, especially those who adore pure competition. Overall, although its new online options are great, it lacks some more single player content and we miss the excellent RPG mode the series had.
  57. Jun 3, 2012
    It's obvious that, when you're playing a sport game starring Mario, it's gonna be a fun. But there could have been meer content. Also the 3D effects aren't all that special. Don't forget to play the great mini game: Super Mario Tennis!
  58. May 21, 2012
    Overall, Mario Tennis Open is an attractive looking distraction that can be enjoyed by people who aren't in the mood to take a game seriously (both in aesthetic and game play). However, I feel like many people will end up feeling cheated by a game that feels so casual that even a generic mobile-phone game for a buck can feel like a higher quality product.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 135 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 135
  2. Negative: 19 out of 135
  1. Aug 8, 2012
    i feel people are being far to harsh to this game, don't trust the critics as it seems like they only played it a couple of days. I've had thei feel people are being far to harsh to this game, don't trust the critics as it seems like they only played it a couple of days. I've had the game over a month now and i'm still playing everyday online, it plays like the n64 game which i loved , i will admit if you don't have online it would get boring really fast , but if your online this one could last you years, the amount of tactics you have to go through to beat the best is serious stuff.
    overall if your online 10/10 if your not online and don't have friends to play skip it as the single player is only a load tournaments 5/10.
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  2. May 26, 2012
    Two of the previous Mario Tennis titles (the GBA one and the GC one) are firmly on my list over the 50 best games of all time. That shouldTwo of the previous Mario Tennis titles (the GBA one and the GC one) are firmly on my list over the 50 best games of all time. That should give you an idea of how much I love this series, and how much I was looking forward to playing this game. But sadly, this is the biggest Nintendo disappointment I've had since Wave Race: Blue Storm. The only thing you really need to know about this game is that the players are randomly dealt super shots. So-called "chance areas" pop up randomly on the court, and if you stand in that circle when hitting the ball, you'll pull off a super shot. So every match I've played both offline and online has pretty much been a game of luck, where the person who gets the smash shot first wins that point. It's more about hoping you get the right areas before your opponent does, than about actually setting up your own shots with skill. And it ruins the game for me. Now, there are som redeeming qualities about the game. For example, the mini games are alright. And collecting better gear is quite addictive since you really notice the difference when you've made a big upgrade. You need to actually play the game in order to unlock them, though. And playing the game just isn't that much fun. Mario Tennis just went from Mario Kart competition, to Mario Party competition. And as long as you care about winning, it won't be much fun at all. You'll just become irritated when your opponent gets his/hers third smash circle in a row, while you get nothing. And when you're the one getting the smash circle, winning isn't satisfying since you know it's just luck and random chance. Mario Tennis Open is a huge disappointment, for sure. Full Review »
  3. Jul 23, 2012
    Nintendo's latest entry in the mario tennis is quite disappointing. the game is very light on content, i feel that nintendo made the gameplayNintendo's latest entry in the mario tennis is quite disappointing. the game is very light on content, i feel that nintendo made the gameplay a little to simplistic for experienced players, but very welcoming no newbies. but overtime the game gets way too repetitive due to the lack of extra game modes. Full Review »